Milwaukee Brewers: 250 Words or Less: 8/30/11
The Milwaukee Brewers put up a dud to kick off a 3-game series with the St. Louis Cardinals, losing 2-1 to the team trailing in second place, now by 9 and a half games.
Shaun Marcum pitched a terrific game, working his way through 7 innings. He got tagged with 4 hits, 3 walks and 2 unearned runs. Unearned should be stressed, because Prince Fielder and Jerry Hairston Jr. blew back to back routine plays in the 5th to allow the two runs to score. Kameron Loe and Marco Estrada finished out the game from the bullpen, with Estrada struggling a bit in the 9th.
The Brewers got near nothing from the power hitters in the middle of the lineup. The exception came in the final frame when Fielder and McGehee both walked to start the inning. A bad luck play ended on a double play to close a bad luck day for Milwaukee. So many opportunities were lost on a good defensive play here and there, not to mention the handful of potential home runs that died at the warning track. Corey Hart, Nyjer Morgan and Hairston accounted for all 7 of Milwaukee’s hits, with Morgan doubling in Hart on another near home run.
Sometimes things just don’t go your way and that’s the way it is. This was the type of game that the Crew could have and should have won, and luckily they’ll have their chance again tomorrow. The Brewers have won Randy Wolf’s last 6 starts. He is 5-0 in those games with a 2.57 ERA. Included in that stretch are two wins over St. Louis near the beginning of August.
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